Back to School Pep Rally


template here
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PURPOSE  To help the youth understand the importance of living higher standards by choosing good friends, making wise choices, being involved in uplifting activities, and encouraging others to do the same.
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FLYER

SCHOOL NAME
L.H.S - Living Higher Standards
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SCHOOL COLOR
Gold - inspired by Virtue
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MASCOT
The Mighty Bee - inspired by President Gordon B Hinckley's 6 B's
(I will create a happier mascot for future use)  :)
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ACTIVITY
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Q&A
  • As the youth arrived they were given a 3x5 card and a pen.
  • They were to write down any question(s) they have going into the new school year.  Here are a few of the questions our youth asked:  "What can I do to get good grades?", "Will my teachers like me?", "What time should I wake up in the morning?", "How should I keep myself from getting too stressed?", "How can you avoid jealousy?", "How do you avoid Senioritis?", "Will I have entirely new friends?", "How should I study, if I hate studying?"
  • Questions were then gathered.
  • While the youth were involved in the following activities, the leaders/panel of experts :) went through the questions and discussed answers.
  • It would be a great idea to have a few of the following available as resources for answers:  scriptures, For the Strength of Youth, New Era(s), and conference talks.
  • Answers to the questions were discussed at the end of the night.  Some of the answers were all in fun and made them laugh.  Others were more serious, like the answer to the question, "Will I have entirely new friends?"  The answer being, "Probably (this was discussed more), but be sure your best friend is Jesus Christ."
  • The youth were also good to add their thoughts, helping their fellow classmates
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PEP SQUADS
  • The youth were divided into three equal groups or pep squads.
  • The were challenged to create a banner and a chant/cheer for L.H.S.
  • Side note:  While the youth were busy creating - the leaders discussed and wrote answers to the youth's questions.
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PEP RALLY  n: a mass meeting featuring songs, cheers, and inspirational talks
  • When banners and cheers were completed, everyone came back together for the Pep Rally.
  • We started by answering their questions.
  • Next each group was invited to hang their banners and share their cheer with the group.
  • Side Note:  It would have been fun to have pom poms and megaphones on hand for their use.
  • End the night with a few last words of encouragement for the coming school year.
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TAKE-A-WAY
  • The youth were given a simple brown lunch sack filled with the following items:  pen, highlighter, magnet set for their lockers (great DIY marble magnet instructions here), pencil with eraser (you could also use a simple eraser), Smarties, Snickers, butterscotch candies, Hershey Kisses, Now&Laters, M&M's, gum, and a faux dollar bill (you could also use a 100 Grand bar).
  • Each item had a little tag of encouragement to go along with it. 



  • I also had nail polish on hand.  Just in case the girls wanted to add to their school spirit.  They were excited!  I even painted my nails.  I'm not sure if it is my color though.  :)
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ADDITIONAL HELPS
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AFTER THOUGHTS
These would have been a cute treat to share at the end of the night.  Playing on the Mighty Bee Mascot idea.
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By the way - Let me know if you would like the templates for L.H.S., I am happy to share!

54 comments:

  1. This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you so much! Our ward will be doing this tomorrow night, thanks again.

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  2. Catherine, I would love to hear how it went.

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  3. I would love the L.H.S. template. My email address is jmcalam@yahoo.com. Thank you:)

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  4. We are going to do this and I know it will be a hit with the girls. Could you send the templates and how you do the magnets to me, please? d.taggard@yahoo.com

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  5. Desiree, I just sent it over. :) Go team!

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  6. Terri- You are too sinkin' creative! My brain does not work the way yours does!! Nevertheless, I am going to take this fabulous idea and try to adapt it for a "Back to Camp" pep rally to use as a camp kick off for next year that we are beginning to work on :-)
    (I know this means I'm getting old but it feels like we were just in YW ourselves...last year...wasn't it?;-)

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  7. Our girls haven't started school yet, and I'd love to do this for them next week. Would you be willing to share your templates/files with me? I think they would love this! My email is theday5@yahoo.com. Thanks so very much! Stephanie

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  8. Leslie - I love the idea of using this for a camp kick off! I'd love to hear how that turns out. (By the way, is this the Leslie I know from O.H.S.? :)

    Stephanie - just sent you an email. Go! Fight! Win!

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  9. Can you send me the templates for the magnets? mjcangle@hotmail.com

    This is such a cute idea, thank you for sharing!

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  10. I would LOVE the templates as well. what a great idea!

    stampinup5 at Comcast dot net

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  11. Okay girls, I've sent over the templates. Go! Fight! Win! :)

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  12. I would love to make your cute magnets with our Laurels- thanks for what you're doing , Miranda mirandahaws@yahoo.com

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  13. I would love the tags & magnet templates. Thanks for the wonderful idea. fremkay@hotmail.com

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  14. I would love any and all templates for this l.h.s. activity!!! I love this idea. :)

    lindsaythoreson@yahoo.com

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  15. I would love the templates. Such a cute idea. Thanks
    sadiepl@gmail.com

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  16. Sorry to bug you, but we are doing this on Tuesday and I was wondering if I could get the templates as soon as possible to get everything ready.
    Thanks!
    sadiepl@gmail.com

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  17. I would love the templates if you could send them to me!
    Thanks!
    Natalie
    nmealey@hotmail.com

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  18. We totally decided tonight to do a back to school party for next week's activity! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! I would love the template if you are still willing to share :)
    Thanks,
    Betsy
    betsy@tigerladies.com
    www.tigerladies.com

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  20. Thanks for posting the template link above! You are awesome. Love this idea!

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  21. I would love the templates plz
    Kerriajudd@gmail.com

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  22. could you send me files/templates? im so excited! this will be awesome :)

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  23. I would love any and all templates you would be willing to share! Thanks so much for all of the hard work. I love this! waymanlibby@live.com

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  24. waymanlibby - Sent. :)

    Katie - I just need an email address for you. :)

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  25. May I please have the template also? Thank you so much! ! I just know this is what the girls need!
    Kairatucker@live.com

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  26. May I please have the templates, too! klewis1@k12tn.net

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  27. I would love to have your templates. The link at the top didn't work. msleary@juno.com

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  28. Hi there! I just came across this activity & would love to use it for our youth YW combined activity tonight! It is wonderful! Would you mind sending me the link for the LHS, magnets & the Survival Kit template links, please? THANK YOU SO MUCH! mncwalker@msn.com
    Have a super week!

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  29. Hi! I found your ideas to be just what I am looking for for Standards Night coming up! Would you mind sending me the templates, as well? Also, I can't tell what the Mighty Bee mascot looks like above. Can you send that, too? Thanks for everything! sister_brynne@hotmail.com

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  30. Hello! I too, would be so very appreciative if you could send me the templates, please? Stephaniewinterton@gmail.com
    Thank you in advance!

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  31. I would also appreciate you sending me the templates and mighty bee, if possible. Thank you so much! kristenastuart@gmail.com

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  32. I would love the template please! saralyonspencer@gmail.com

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  33. I was unable to open the link at the top of your blog. If you still have the templates, and mighty bee, we are having a Back to School activity this Wednesday. I would love to use some of these ideas! Thanks, Melissa mel.mccammon@gmail.com

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  34. I would love your magnet template! Thank you tiffanysuzanne@yahoo.com

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  35. What a fabulous idea! I would love any templates you have for this activity. Thanks!
    sheilaleeathome@yahoo.com

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  36. I would also love the template please! My email is suebarfuss7@gmail.com

    Thanks

    Sue

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  37. Can I get the templates too please? Thank you so much for the fun idea! sumo_baby13@msn.com

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  38. Can I get the templates too please? Thank you so much for the fun idea! sumo_baby13@msn.com

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  39. I'd love to get a copy of your templates...such a fun activity!
    Erin
    eduitsman@yahoo.com

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  40. What an awesome activity! Would you please email me the templates?
    Thank you, Deanna
    dandeepaints@yahoo.com

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  41. Can you email me the templates? wswhetten@icloud.com

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  42. I would love the templates- thanks Karen.morlock@hsc.utah.edu

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  43. Hi Terri!

    Would you mind sending me your templates please?

    jeralyn.perkes@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    Jeralyn

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  44. Hi Terri!

    Would you mind sending me your templates please?

    jeralyn.perkes@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    Jeralyn

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  45. I'd love your templates! Thanks!

    Gabrielleaconnell@gmail.com

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  46. I would love the template. The link did not work. Thanks!

    kherisim@cox.net

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  47. Yes we would love to use your templates! The link did not work for me, either. Thank you in advance. :)
    bellevue2ndyw@gmail.com

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  48. We would also love to use your templates! Thanks!
    lopage216@gmail.com

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  49. Has anyone used this theme for a stake combined youth standards night? I am looking for ideas and really like this. It would definitely be on a much larger scale.

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  50. Can you email me templates to this? Thrivewithrosie@gmail.com thanks!

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